'Wall to wall' San Andreas quake overdue

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- Some U.S. seismologists are increasingly alarmed at the potential of an earthquake occurring along the entire length of California's San Andreas fault.

The San Andreas has long been considered one of the most dangerous faults in the state; however recent research has some experts fearing a future major quake could occur along its entire 340-mile length.


"My concern is that we will get a series of large earthquakes along the San Andreas fault," said Thomas Jordan, director of the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Jordan told the Los Angeles Times the quakes could include a devastating 8.1 shaker and could run "wall to wall" from Monterey to the Salton Sea near the Mexican border.

Jordan based his opinion on research from Arizona State University and the University of California, Irvine that concluded a key section of the San Andreas northwest of Los Angeles was way overdue for a major quake.

The last major quake in the section was in 1857 and was halted at the Cajon Pass north of Los Angeles., a fortunate occurrence that seismologists say can't be counted on in the future.

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